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: January 15, 2007, 06:30:37 PM

WEIS BUYOUT?  $21 MILLION

Peter King of Sports Illustrated reports in his weekly Monday Morning Quarterback column that the contract between Notre Dame and coach Charlie Weis contains a whopping $21 million buyout if Weis were to bolt to the NFL.

King describes the number as "rock-solid, no-exceptions."

Prior published reports suggested that the number is a large one; King is the first one to track down a specific figure.

And a provision like this is the answer to all of the questions we've received recently regarding the ability of guys like the Nicktator and Falcons coach Bobby Placebo (thanks to the reader who suggested the nickname) to disregard the balance of a contract with a pro or college team.

Nick Saban requested a term that allowed him to leave the Dolphins for a college program without financial penalty.  Placebo did the same thing at Louisville.

It's a matter of basic contract negotiation.  With Weis, the Irish were willing to give him a very long-term extension (based on only a handful of games coached at the time) in exchange for his agreement to include the monstrous buyout provision.

Of course, based on the performance of Notre Dame in 2006, we're not sure anyone would really want Weis at this point.  Also, don't forget that there's still a fairly strong (and primarily subconscious) bias among NFL owners regarding portly coaches, and Weis is still on the large side despite gastric bypass surgery that nearly claimed his life.

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#1 : January 15, 2007, 06:32:23 PM

Vince Lombardi is rollin' in his grave....what a greedy sob that pig Weis is...HE AINT EVEN THAT GOOD




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#2 : January 15, 2007, 06:40:07 PM

the devil is in the details.....

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#3 : January 15, 2007, 09:14:08 PM

Vince Lombardi is rollin' in his grave....what a greedy sob that pig Weis is...HE AINT EVEN THAT GOOD
Thats a buyout.  Weis wouldn't get that money. It would be paid to Notre Dame.  Minor detail there.




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#4 : January 15, 2007, 09:14:55 PM

The question is..what franchise would be that desperate to land Weis after passing over him for years?

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#5 : January 15, 2007, 09:33:52 PM

The question is..what franchise would be that desperate to land Weis after passing over him for years?

The way some people talk, the Buccaneers would.

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#6 : January 15, 2007, 09:35:00 PM

Vince Lombardi is rollin' in his grave....what a greedy sob that pig Weis is...HE AINT EVEN THAT GOOD
Thats a buyout. ?Weis wouldn't get that money. It would be paid to Notre Dame. Minor detail there.

I saw this on SI.com this am, too. Yep. Notre Dame would get it.

It's not out of the realm of possibility.....look at baseball teams paying Mega-millions for the right to negotiate with Japanese players. It's all about the market. If Dan Snider, Jerry Jones, or even Wayne Huezinga are desperate enough, they'll pay it in a second and not blink an eye.

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#7 : January 15, 2007, 10:14:20 PM

Weis is maybe another Romeo.  Who knows.

Playing for Bill Bellichick could have a lot to do with these guys status as NFL Head Coach Material.  That entire team could be run by Larry, Curly, and Shemp, and still win 10 plus games a year...as long as Bill is there. 


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#8 : January 15, 2007, 10:16:48 PM

$21m is pretty prohibitive, that's a lot of jack going out the door. I mean the Bucs laid out $8m but when we lost those draft oicks the Glazers might have wound up saving money on the deal for example.

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#9 : January 15, 2007, 10:19:02 PM

Weis is maybe another Romeo. Who knows.

Playing for Bill Bellichick could have a lot to do with these guys status as NFL Head Coach Material. That entire team could be run by Larry, Curly, and Shemp, and still win 10 plus games a year...as long as Bill is there.
and Scott Pioli...

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#10 : January 16, 2007, 11:46:28 AM

With the Talent he has had Weis has done an outstanding job his first 2 years He has won 10 games in each season.

There are plenty of NFL Teams that would love to him and his knoweldge of the NFL!

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#11 : January 16, 2007, 12:40:42 PM

With the Talent he has had Weis has done an outstanding job his first 2 years He has won 10 games in each season.

There are plenty of NFL Teams that would love to him and his knoweldge of the NFL!
One win over a marginal top 25 team in 2 years. I'm sure NFL GMs can't contain themselves.

FRG is the most logical poster on this board.  You guys just don\'t like where the logical conclusions take you.



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#12 : January 16, 2007, 12:42:17 PM

...HE AINT EVEN THAT GOOD
Yeah, let's dump on a guy that turned a 6th round pick into a superstar.



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#13 : January 16, 2007, 02:41:25 PM

...HE AINT EVEN THAT GOOD
Yeah, let's dump on a guy that turned a 6th round pick into a superstar.
Jon Gru...oh hell I'll get bombarded if I say that :D



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#14 : January 16, 2007, 05:19:22 PM

From what i read on another site a few weeks ago, its $2 mil for each remaining year on his contract. (10 ys, $20mil... 8 yrs, $16mil for those not able to do the math)
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